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'Trees bring me out of myself – a wonderful place to get out of'

'Trees bring me out of myself – a wonderful place to get out of'

David Haskell spent two years visiting 12 trees around the world for a new book which explores everything about them - including what they sound like, and the many ways trees and humans are connected. David Haskell is a professor of biology and environmental studies at the University of the South in Tenessee, and a Guggenheim Fellow. He tells Kathryn about his book, The Songs of Trees, which examines a palm on a barrier island in the State of Georgia, an ordinary looking pear tree in Manhattan, an ancient Hazel tree which had become archaeological charcoal, and a bonsai pine which survived the Hiroshima bombing. He says they all have a different sound and a different story to tell.

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